Measures made to prevent heat-related illness at schools

Posted at 6:04 PM, Aug 09, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-10 00:50:58-04

Last month was the hottest month on record and school officials are taking extra precaution preventing heat-related illness with their student athletes.

"That's always on our mind and the kids think about it too," said Highland High Athletic Director Katy Eskelson-Leremia. "They look at the college players and the professionals and that's a really big concern to us."

The Union of Concerned Scientists says 20 high school football players died in the U.S. between 2006 and 2011 due to heat-related illnesses. And heat-related illnesses are the leading cause of death or disability in all high school athletics.

The University of Connecticut's Korey Stringer Institute looks at high school athletics and rate every state in regards to how well they prepare their students to prevent heat-related illness and last year Utah received a "deficient" rating.

Policies for schools have changed in light of last year's rating.